if it had a plot, a good story, god characters, anything to make it interesting
What was interesting was the idea of a plaque that could wipe out the human race, but how they behaved and what they did was ridiculous and not realistic. The idea that they would have bid corporations still sponsoring products was absurd and I am a liberal.
The narrator was good
I listen to a lot of audio books and tend to like books that are dark in content and humor.
Took to long to get to the good parts. Too much boring backstory.
He was bland.
Some good ideas.
I haven't read a book in forever!
I don't know if I should take bullet in the head for buying this or burn my iPod. The cover is grey, the reader is grey, and the story is grey. This is a TOTAL BUST! Don't waste your time, credit, and your sanity. Oh wait, if Wall Street Zombies that might be mention is your thing and you do not mind loosing some brain cells. This book is for you.
Good Grief! This may be an engaging novel, but I'll never know because I could not get past the reader's awful consonant crunching Noo Yawk accent, sibilant Sssthes, sing-song delivery and pauses in the middle of sentences where there's no comma, much less a period! I have listened to hundreds of audio books with dozens of different readers and this one was - bar none - the worst! I pity Colson Whitehead that his audible audience is missing out on some decent writing because it is ruined by such atrocious delivery. Total fail!
I live in Scottsdale, Arizona. I have 5 grown children, play ukuele exercise, and read.
I'm so sorry, but I just could not finish this book. I got the book because the Arizona Republic designated it as the book of the month. It's just awful. I could care less about any of the characters, an the reader is just plain boring. I got through Book 1 (downloa 1) and I just couldn't waste any more time on the 2nd download. Save your money as this is just not a good book.
I was expecting more from this book. After reading the reviews, I thought I would enjoy it more. I found myself being forced to finish. The story was interesting, but the way it was read and the feel of it didn't move me along with the story.
Just my thoughts.
The audio version is a great way to experience this novel. It's more mood than plot, and the performance enhances the tone of the novel, allowing it to envelop the listener.
The plot is difficult to follow at some points and doesn't move in a straight line, containing many long flashbacks and stream-of-consciousness musings by the narrator. It is NOT your traditional zombie novel.
I found myself getting lost in the expertly-crafted descriptions of a world in chaos. There are some funny moments that lighten the mood a bit, but the novel is definitely a dark one. The characters wouldn't necessarily be believable if you were to hear about them outside of the setting of the novel, but Whitehead makes them believable and explains their quirks well. The characterization made me really like the people in the story.
If you want a standard zombie story with a lot of action, this isn't it. Those who would like to take on a literary experience in an apocalyptic setting and who don't mind taking the scenic route from beginning to end will enjoy Zone One.
Overall the story line is pretty interesting and there are some creepy moments when I was listening. The only real issue I had was there are a few times when the author goes off on kind of a tangent of description or something and I can't really understand what it is contributing to the story. If anything, those few times kind of distracted me from the fact that the characters are trying to dodge zombies. Thankfully those moments are few and far between and I really enjoyed the book overall.
It took a while to get into this book. The story telling is not straight forward, but once I got used to the style I did enjoy it. It was like listening to Zombie Jazz! Did I just write that? Sheeeesh...
I loved the book and loved the narration but since I multitask while listening I struggled with this one. The jumping around from present to past and back all in the same thought made a typical story untypical. Most of the secondary characters beg for their stories to be told so can we look forward to a prequel or sequel?